On behalf of the men and women of the Auburn Hills Police Department, I’d like to thank the many members of this community who have demonstrated their support with expressions of care that we received this past couple of weeks. People have sent us gifts of food, cards, cans of pop, cases of bottled water. We have also appreciated the expressions of support on our Facebook page and through Twitter.
We are very aware of the controversy going on around the nation about police and the communities they serve. We are horrified and deeply saddened by the ambush killings of the two NYPD officers. Our officers are feeling the effects of the continuing stream of threats that we are hearing through media and our intelligence sources. The anti police and anti government rhetoric is painful to hear and it feels very personal to those who put on a uniform everyday. Like all police departments we are cautioning our officers to be concerned for their safety and to do their job in safe ways. At the same time, we urge them to continue to serve the community as they always have.
I am joining with Pittsburgh Police Assistant Chief Maurita Bryant and asking you to show support for safe communities and against lawlessness and violence by placing a blue light in your window. It will be a sign of solidarity and a symbol of what we share-a deep care and concern for our community and all the people who live and work here. All lives matter.